Design and Science investigates overlap between design and science through projects that merge design and science through biodesign, present “pictures” of data about natural systems, or connect design and science through 2-D and 3-D “thinking” models. In biodesign living organisms are incorporated into design projects; biological systems may also be configured as a constituent of design. Data from nature is often a source for design. Data manifestation is scientific data manifested as objects and environments. Finally, visual “thinking” models are not just an aid to scientific data, they are designs that can reveal natural or physical processes.
Along with the exhibition, EMU will host a round-table discussion with exhibition participants Audrey Speyer, Diana Nicholas, and Jason Ferguson, to be led by University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design professor Deepa Butoliya and EMU biology professor Brian Connolly. There is also co-programming with Science Gallery Detroit (SGD) on September 12 (detroit.sciencegallery.com/events), in which exhibition participant Audrey Speyer will present her mycoremediation project PuriFungi. Mycoremediation is a bioremediation process in which fungi-based technology is used to decontaminate the environment. SGD is part of Michigan State University and an international consortium of science gallery labs.
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